Locust Control Operation in summer-monsoon breeding zone 2010
The locust activity remained calm in the winter-spring zone during 2010 but in the summer breeding zone i.e. in Thar and Cholistan Deserts.
The country remained under moderate threat due to locust breeding as well as the infiltration of locust swarms from India. The Department strengthened the survey and vigilance all over the Tharparkar / Nara and Cholistan deserts. For the purpose six sub-outposts were established two each in districts Ghotki, Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan of Tharparkar & Cholistan deserts where ground control operations were initiated on daily basis.
A Departmental aircraft was kept standby at Qadirpur Gas field district Ghotki to meet any emergency situation, but due to efficient ground control operations, the aerial control option was not used. However, aerial locust survey was carried out in the areas of deep deserts to check infiltration of locust swarms from Indian side. During the field survey a number of hopper bands at different localities in Tharparkar and Cholistan deserts were also traced out, where ground control operations were successfully undertaken. The ground control operation at all six sub-outposts remained continued upto 07-12-2010.
A total area of 14,479 hectares was treated through ground control operation by using 14,479 litres of liquid pesticides of Malathion 95%, Diazinon 90% ULV and Fenitrothion 98% ULV.
Locust Control Operation in Winter-spring breeding zone 2011
In 2011 Pakistan again came under locust attack in Balochistan and the Department fighted the locust war in Kharan, Washuk, Nushki and Panjgur districts of Balochistan. On receiving reports from the field, the ground control teams were immediately moved to the affected areas. Four sub-outposts were established in the interior of the deserts of Kharan and Washuk districts. Ground control operations was started in the affected areas w.e.f. 14-05-2011 which continued upto 06-07-2011. During this control operation an area of 10,976 hectares was cleared of the locust infestation.
MEMBERSHIP OF INTERNATIONAL LOCUST ORGANIZATIONS
The Department is maintaining close liaison with the FAO of UNO, which issues regular locust situation bulletins, forecasting and warning to national and regional organizations of the locust affected countries. FAO is helping the Department on various aspects of the locust survey and control operations. It also provides guidance through National & International training courses / workshops on desert locust.